Canadian Cheese Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2016 Canadian Cheese Awards have been announced — and Ontario has secured a very large piece of the cheese pie! Some of our favorite cheese makers make the grade in most categories, but we’ve also discovered some new ones thanks to these whey cool awards.
Up first, Great Lakes Goat Dairy of Wyoming, Ontario. They’ve been farming for 13 years — and even won Young Farmers awards in 2010. Creating their own cheese products began in 2008 as a labor of love. They’ve since grown their farm to 900 goats (the leader of which is pictured above in all her glory!) and make some darn good cheese! Also of note: in the Fresh Cheese Category is Oak Grove Cheese from New Hamburg. They make that Dofino Havarti you all know and love. Oak Grove is family owned and has been in operation since 1879. This independently owned factory maintains its quality cheese products by continuing to manufacture the same way as when the Langenegger family first started, over 80 years ago. 2016-01-19 03.38.56 2 As was expected, in our humble opinion, Oxford County’s Mountainoak Cheese swept the Gouda category and Niagara’s Upper Canada Cheese got a nod in the grilling cheese category for their Guernsey Girl.   Congratulations to all the finalists! We can’t wait to see who takes home the gold next month in Montreal. For a full list of finalists from across the country in all categories, scroll down!
Cheese is listed alphabetically within each category or award. Where more than three finalists are shown, there were many entries and close scores. The Cheese of the Year was selected after several rounds of blind tastings of the best cheeses from the above categories. FRESH CHEESE – FROMAGE FRAIS FRESH PASTA FILATA – FROMAGE À PÂTE FILÉE SEMI-SOFT CHEESE – FROMAGE À PÂTE SEMI-FERME FETA / CHEESE IN BRINE – FETA / FROMAGE EN SAUMURE FIRM CHEESE – FROMAGE À PÂTE FERME FIRM CHEESE WITH HOLES – FROMAGE À PÂTE FERME AVEC OUVERTURES WASHED RIND CHEESE – FROMAGE À CROÛTE LAVÉE MIXED RIND CHEESE – FROMAGE À CROÛTE MIXTE BLOOMY RIND CHEESE – PÂTE MOLLE À CROÛTE FLEURIE MILD & MEDIUM CHEDDAR (aged up to 9 months) – CHEDDAR DOUX & MOYEN (maximum de 9 mois d’affinage) OLD CHEDDAR (aged from 9 to 18 months) – CHEDDAR FORT (entre 9 et 18 mois d’affinage) AGED CHEDDAR (aged more than 18 months) – CHEDDAR VIEILLI (plus de 18 mois d’affinage)
  • Agropur Grand Cheddar 3 ans – Agropur, Saint-Hubert, Québec
  • Agropur Grand Cheddar 5 ans – Agropur, Saint-Hubert, Québec
  • Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar – Cows Creamery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Traditional Clothbound Cheddar – The Farm House Natural Cheeses, Agassiz, British Columbia
GOUDA CHEESE – FROMAGE GOUDA BLUE CHEESE –  FROMAGE À PÂTE PERSILLÉE FLAVOURED CHEESE – FROMAGE AROMATISÉ SMOKED CHEESE – FROMAGE FUMÉ GRILLING CHEESE – FROMAGE À GRILLER SPECIAL AWARDS (9) PRIX SPÉCIAUX BEST COW CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT DE VACHE BEST GOAT CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT DE CHÈVRE BEST SHEEP CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT DE BREBIS BEST WATER BUFFALO CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT DE BUFFLONNE BEST BLENDED-MILK CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT MIXTE BEST FARMSTEAD CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE FERMIER BEST ORGANIC CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE BIOLOGIQUE BEST RAW-MILK CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT CRU BEST NEW CHEESE – MEILLEUR NOUVEAU FROMAGE (Introduced to market in 2015/Mis en marché en 2015) REGIONAL AWARDS (5) PRIX RÉGIONAUX BEST B.C. CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LA COLOMBIE BRITANNIQUE BEST WEST CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE L’OUEST (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) BEST ONTARIO CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE L’ONTARIO
  • Bella Casara Mascarpone – Quality Cheese, Vaughan, Ontario
  • Castello Smoked Gorgonzola – Arla Foods Canada, Concord, Ontario
  • Lindsay Bandaged Goat Cheddar, Lenberg Farms Classic Reserve by Celebrity – Mariposa Dairy, Lindsay, Ontario
  • Mountainoak Chili Pepper Smoked – Mountainoak Cheese, New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Tania, Lenberg Farms Classic Reserve by Celebrity – Mariposa Dairy, Lindsay, Ontario 
BEST QUEBEC CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE DU QUÉBEC BEST ATLANTIC CANADA CHEESE – MEILLEUR FROMAGE DES PROVINCES ATLANTIQUES
All winners will be announced on April 14 at the 2016 Awards Ceremony & Tasting Gala in conjunction with SIAL Canada: International Food & Beverage Tradeshow at Palais des Congrès in Montréal.
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